It was an historic occasion in Surrey on Saturday when Hermes Running launched their new event the Magna Carta Marathon and Half Marathon. Although the weather added an extra challenge, for organisers and runners, with a high tide near Old Windsor causing a detour to the route.
However conditions were good on the trails and some notable times were recorded in both full and half marathons with Hayward Heath Harrier Michael Burke first home in the 26.2 mile test in 2:58:22. Michael shared the podium with Christopher Ball (3:16:54) and Pete Jenkins (3:18:18). Littledown Harrier Julie White (3:52:53) was the quickest lady ahead of Dominique James (4:00:07) and Donna Coombes (4:01:32).
Tom Rann of Milocarian AC did exactly that, and swiftly, to clock 1:22:07 and finish six minutes ahead of second-placed John Melbourne (1:28:31). Alan Barnes was third (1:31:53).
The ladies 1-2-3 in the half was Lynwen Wilson ( 1.41.16), Alexandra Sheridan (1:43:16) and Katherine Foley ( 1.45.01).
The marathon field closed at just short of 6 and a half hours while the last half marathoner came home in 3:38:08.
Participant in the first Magna Carta race gave the event their seal of approval. Kay Morris commented post-race: "Though I went flying on the first big loop, did enjoy it. Great aid stations and marshals great. Tailwind kept me going & no gels. Great to be able to try it." While Joanne Johnson said: "It was a great race, lovely atmosphere both with other runners and all the marshals."
Afterwards race organiser Dave Ross of Hermes Running said: "Without our tenacious crew on the day we would not be able to successfully stage these races. A heartfelt thanks to everyone for their fantastic support including my all the race personnel, sponsors and partners."